Screen-Free Week – April 30 to May 6

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Screen-Free Week – April 30 to May 6

Post by TerryS » Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:29 pm

Screen-Free Week – April 30 to May 6

The 2012 Screen-Free week is coming up – April 30 to May 6

Campaign For A Commercial-Free Childhood now has free organizing kits available for anyone interested in organizing Screen-Free activities (or who are just curious). Click here to go to their download page and the pdf will be emailed to you. ... k2012.html

Later on, the CCFC will have a list of Screen-Free Week activities around the country, and you will be able to see what is going on in your community.

I read through their organizing pdf “Screen-Free Organizers’ Kit” and was very impressed with what they have put together. Which includes:

- Inspiring quotes from previous Screen-Free weeks (including an excellent quote from President Obama).

- Reproducible Fact sheets to give out when organizing (and during) your Screen-Free Week activities. Includes a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Fact Sheet.

- Tips on how to organize your Screen-Free activities “A little thoughtful planning before you jump into organizing will go a long way toward a great Screen-Free Week. Remember, you don’t have to do it—it’s easier and more fun to work with a team. In addition, over the years Screen-Free Week organizers have identified three essential components for a successful week: having fun, building partnerships, and making it last. If you keep these in mind, and build a strong organizing team, you’ve created a strong foundation for a fun and satisfying Screen-Free Week!”

- Link to their Facebook page where organizers can go to discuss and ask questions.

- Tips on publicizing your Screen-Free Week activities (includes samples).

- For Screen-Free week in the classroom, includes tips on encouraging students to participate in Screen-Free Week and also includes reproducible pledge cards to help encourage students to commit to going screen-free.

- 101 Screen-Free Activities. Plus numerous examples from previous Screen-Free weeks, such as:

“Sandi Araiza, of Longview, Texas, organized a community-wide Screen-Free Week. She recruited a local library, several businesses, three school districts, and a tae kwon do studio. The library hosted a pajama party with stations where people could learn to knit, do origami, or learn about quilt-making. College students led a sing-along, and the tae kwon do instructor got lots of kids involved.”

“At Nikiski Elementary School in Kenai, Alaska, teacher Margaret Jones celebrated the school’s first year doing Screen-Free Week by organizing a scavenger hunt, with prizes for the winners.”

- A reproducible “Certificate of Achievement” for those who have “successfully completed Screen-Free Week”

- Tips on rounding out the week, by having a celebration!

- Tips for reducing screen-time in your family, school and community.

- Tips on living a low screen-time lifestyle (tip sheet is reproducible).

- Screen-Free Week questionnaire. Questions on how your Screen-Free Week went, what worked and what didn’t and what CCFC can do better to support Screen-Free Week volunteers.

- Suggested Reading List, list of suggested books.

This is really an excellent kit – and completely free. So even if you don’t intend to organize any Screen-Free Week activities, it is still well worth reading and the reproducible Fact Sheets are very handy for giving out to friends and family.
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